Hello, my name is Shannon. I have a faith-based, mental illness abuse recovery story which I would like to be communicated to the world. Since I don't have screenwriting training, I have decided to send my story in hopes of a screenwriter will want to use it. This is not a paid position,but a movie idea that could really lead to success.
Below is a synopsis of my story. If anyone is interesting in screenwriting my movie idea, please let me know.by e-mail, for I can provide you additional information. firstname.lastname@example.org.
IN SEARCH OF A MIRACLE
IN SEARCH OF A MIRACLE is a life story of a man (Joe) struggling to rise above overwhelming life challenges, including manic depression, OCD, rejection, and childhood trauma from abuse. A man who daily dreams of feeling safe, acceptance, love, and competent , in opposition to his nightmares of being perceived “no good” and “unworthy of love”. A man tyrannized by fear, personal doubts, and past failures daily but in spite of all, often believes God created him with a purpose to change the world.
The story begins when Butch, a 17-year old cocaine addict, is found homeless by a couple with a 16-year old daughter, Samantha . Unaware of his vices, the family lets Butch stay with them until he gets Samantha pregnant. Married and unemployed with a boy named Joe, Samantha and Butch rely upon Butch’s drug money for income. After violent Butch sticks a gun to her head, Joe and Samantha flee south to escape Butch.
As a toddler, Joe would panic when seeing a man in church. His physically abusive stepfather would belittle Joe, conditioning Joe to heavily focus upon and try to be perfect in his behaviors, praying it would eliminate the abuse. When around people, Joe’s mind would first imagine him doing despicable things which would easily incite others to hate and reject Joe, and then fear and believe that Joe will commit the act, even if the belief and fear is irrational. Joe’s illness tricks Joe to think that everyone – including those who love him the most – will treat Joe like his stepfather if Joe did something wrong. (Worst of all, Joe often fears God will abuse and treat Joe like an abusive dad if Joe makes mistakes.)
Joe’s “Gomer Pyle-like actions” often makes him the butt of many jokes. While marching in the Navy with shipmates, Joe, in the middle of the group, falls down to the ground after his foot stumbles into a hole, causing a chain-reaction of walking soldiers to trip over the fallen person in front of them. One time, when driving a car, Joe slams on the brakes after almost passing a road he wanted to turn on; consequently, the tailgating semi driver behind him swerves to avoid Joe, causing the semi truck to flip over. After a basketball game, Joe enters the wrong door when trying to take a shower: thus, the crowd who is exiting the game sees his naked body. Finally, Joe wants to ask a female bank teller out on a date so he writes a note saying “Can I buy you a drink at McDonalds after work?” and slips it under the teller’s table. People in the bank suddenly get nervous, hoping they won’t get robbed.
Joe incorrectly believes self-worth is based upon performance, rather on God’s grace. Trying to prove “Joe is good” motivates Joe to achieve self-respect by doing great things; unfortunately, his problems create many roadblocks in his dreams of success. In the Navy, Joe lasts only four weeks in nuclear reactor school and nine months in the machinist mate program due to his disability. Graduating college is a “battle for survival” as his mental illness makes getting good grades difficult and leads many annoyed teachers and students to want him removed from school. Joe tries ten times harder than others to succeed – distress and shame are often the fruits of his labor.
One thing about Joe: he never gives up. He keeps on trying. He does his best to keep on believing. However, two more trauma experiences, in addition to everything else, almost destroys Joe.
In tenth grade, after Joe impulsively makes a sexual comment to a female teacher, the instructor heads Joe to the principal’s office. Knowing the principal will notify Joe’s stepfather of the crime, Joe fears getting abused at home. Desperately hoping the teacher won’t tell, Joe’s manic mind if full of panic, confusion, and racing thoughts. Meaning no harm, Joe puts his hands on her shoulders to turn her around so he can beg for help. The next thing you know, the principal walks by, and Joe spends a month in a psychiatric hospital for “trying to choke a teacher”, something Joe didn’t try to do.
In the military, after getting chewed out by a company commander, Joe’s memories of getting belittled and abused by his stepfather leads Joe to have an emotional breakdown alone in the bathroom. Manic, Joe cries out: “I’m going to kill him.” Unluckily, a senior chief witnesses the event and Joe, who doesn’t want to hurt anyone, is discharged for “threatening to kill an officer”.
Five years later, severely depressed, driving home from college, Joe seriously considers committing suicide by running his car off the road, until God plays a song on the radio which gives Joe hope. Joe feels God telling him: “Don’t be afraid. Just trust me!”
Nine months later, his psychology instructor leads Joe to a psychiatrist who diagnoses his bipolar disorder and OCD. Just like Goodwill Hunting, Joe meets a Christian therapist who rehabilitates Joe’s mental issues. During a camping trip where Joe is repeatedly belittled by his stepfather, Joe finally believes “he is a special creation of God” as he screams out to his abuser “I don’t believe in those lies. You’re wrong. I am good”. Although wounded by a fist, Joe lastly finds liberation over his trauma.
Reminiscing how his psychology instructor chose to care for him, Joe becomes a Patch Adams who uses humor, compassion, and encouragement to uplift the heartbroken. Similar to how Norman Vincent Peale overcame his fears and inferiorities to save millions through The Power of Positive Thinking, Joe shares his testimony and also the plan of salvation - using his web site, online writings, and you tube videos – across the globe, through the Internet